Shmoop Launches Two New Tools to Help Students Get in to the College of Their Dreams

Shmoop’s College Planning Tool and Resume Builder allow students to find the right colleges and prepare their application materials so they can end up where they want to be: at their dream college and ready to land their ideal job.

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There’s no secret formula for students to get in to their dream college, but Shmoop, a digital publishing company that aims to make learning fun, comes close. An entire section of Shmoop (http://www.shmoop.com), called College 101, is devoted to providing honest and insightful information to prospective college students, all the way from defining their interests and choosing colleges to preparing the application and finding financial aid.

And now Shmoop has two new tools to make the process even more seamless.

Shmoop’s College Planning Tool asks students a series of questions: Do they want to be Division I athletes? Are they city or country folk? Have they already sold their first startup? And of course, what are their SAT® and ACT® scores? Based on their interests, test scores, and general financial outlook, Shmoop then compiles a personalized list of safety, target, and reach schools. Shmoop also provides cost-effectiveness ratings of these schools to be sure everyone gets the best bang for their buck. Students can then learn more about each school…all within the confines of Shmoop.

Once they’ve chosen which schools they’ll apply to, students will need to prepare killer applications. Shmoop already offers a College Application Essay Lab and dozens of articles about the application process—and now it will help students build their resumes, too. Shmoop’s new Resume Redux is like Mad Libs™ for resumes: students fill in the blanks, and Shmoop spits out a fancy, formatted resume.

With all these tools combined, students who Shmoop are guaranteed* to be accepted by the colleges—and jobs—of their dreams. (*Guarantee not guaranteed.)

ACT a federally registered trademark of ACT, Inc. Shmoop University is not affiliated with or endorsed by ACT, Inc.
SAT is a registered trademark of the College Board, which was not involved in the production of, and does not endorse, this product.

8 New Year’s Resolutions that Would Have Changed Everything

Happy 2015, Shmoopers!

It’s only been a week, and we’re already feeling the pressure of our New Year’s resolutions. So instead of dwelling on our very real and very hard-to-stick-to goals for 2015, we’ve decided to travel to the world of the imaginary.

We’ve come up with a list of New Year’s resolutions that some of our favorite literary characters probably should have made. Sure, these resolutions would have changed the endings…but the stories would’ve been a lot less bleak.

8 New Year’s Resolutions that
Would Have Changed Everything


1. J. Alfred Prufrock
“This year, I resolve to suck it up and just eat the peach.”

2. Winston Smith
“This is the year I conquer my fear of rats.”

3. Captain Ahab
“I vow to get past that whole white whale hang-up I have.”

4. Ethan Frome
“This is the year I move to California.”

5. Meursault 
Cette année: no shooting people on the beach.”

6. Jay Gatsby
“I’ve spent way too many years hung up on Daisy. It’s time to move on.”

7. Winnie-the-Pooh
“Oh bother. I guess this year I’ll try not to stick my head in so many small spaces.”

8. Victor Frankenstein
“This is the year I put aside my passion for science and read a few books instead.”

Can you think of other New Year’s resolutions that would have changed everything? Share them with us on Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag #ShmoopYear.


Quote of the Week

“Some show a smile and some a frown;
Some joy and hope, some pain and woe:
Enough! Oh, ring the curtain down!
Old weary year! it’s time to go.”

~ Robert Service, The Passing of the Year

New resolution: read more poetry.

Shmoop Offers New Suite of Online Courses, Test Prep, and Learning Guides for 2014-15 School Year

Shmoop’s fresh content will engage students as they get over the back-to-school slump.

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Summer is coming to a close, and everything’s about to kick into high gear again—but not without Shmoop’s help. Shmoop University (www.shmoop.com), a digital curriculum company that aims to make learning fun and accessible, has loads of new content ready for the 2014-2015 school year.

Shmoop’s videos and Learning Guides cover all subjects under the sun. This summer alone, Shmoop released an analysis of Grendel, a guide to the biblical Book of Proverbs, and a first-person online profile for Nietzsche, among hundreds of other free resources.

Teachers will be thrilled to know that Shmoop is upgrading its Test Prep resources to be sure that everything is up-to-date for those ever-changing tests. AP® US History is getting a facelift and, AP® Physics 1 and 2 are joining the club. Also hopping on the bandwagon are dozens of new Common Core-aligned Online Courses, including 6th Grade Math, Pre-Algebra 1, Pre-Algebra 2, Algebra 1, Geometry, Sociology, 8th Grade Health, HOPE, and several short courses on classic novels.

Speaking of Common Core (and who isn’t?), Shmoop now has a searchable database to help educators find sample assignments and activities tagged to each Standard. Also tagged to Common Core Standards are Shmoop’s new Math Shack sections: 6th Grade Math, Stats and Probability, and Geometry. Math Shack offers infinite math problems, and students and teachers can keep track of their progress as they master each concept.

Throughout the 2014-15 school year, Shmoop will be releasing such courses as AP® English Literature and Composition, Literature in the Media, Contemporary Literature, Career Research and Decision Making, AP® Comparative Government, Psychology, World Geography, and Middle School English.

Students, teachers, and administrators alike will be heading to Shmoop this year as their one-stop shop for education. It doesn’t get much simpler than that.

About Shmoop

Shmoop is a digital curriculum and test prep company that makes fun, rigorous learning and teaching resources. Shmoop content is written by experts and teachers, who collaborate to create high-quality and engaging materials for teachers and students. Shmoop Courses, Test Prep, Teaching Guides, and Learning Guides balance a teen-friendly, approachable style with academically rigorous concepts. Shmoop sees 10 million unique visitors a month on its site and offers more than 7,000 titles across the Web, iPhone, Android devices, iPad, Kindle, Nook, and Sony Reader. The company has been honored twice by the Webby Awards, named “Best in Tech” twice by Scholastic Administrator, and awarded with two Annual Education Software Review Awards (EDDIES). Launched in 2008, Shmoop is headquartered in a labradoodle-patrolled office in Mountain View, California.

AP is a registered trademark of the College Board, which was not involved in the production of and does not endorse this product.

 

Shmoop Earns CLRN-Certified® Status, Offering Unique Breadth and Depth of Courses

Shmoop’s 9th-grade ELA course, Introduction to Literature, has been certified by the California Learning Resource Network (CLRN).

June 27, 2014, Mountain View, CA. – Shmoop University (www.shmoop.com), a digital curriculum company aimed to make learning fun and accessible, has earned CLRN certification for its 9th-grade English Language Arts Online Course. By year end, Shmoop plans to submit for certification a variety of courses in English Language Arts, Math, Science, and History.

ImageTo earn certification, courses are required to meet rigorous California Department of Education Standards and Common Core State Standards. They are also required to meet 80 percent of iNACOL’s National Standards for Quality Online Courses. Shmoop blew the requirements out of the water, receiving a rating of 95 percent for Content Standards and 88 percent for Online Standards for its English Language Arts Online Course.

David Siminoff, founder and Chief Creative Officer of Shmoop, remarks, “Shmoop is a one-stop shop for education. Students love us. Teachers love us. And this CLRN-Certified® status proves that we offer more than engaging materials and a goofy sense of humor—we are a premier provider of best-in-breed academic resources.”

Shmoop’s full course catalog includes Common Core-aligned courses in all subjects, including,

  • Business and Career Preparation;
  • College Preparation;
  • English;
  • Health, Physical Education, and Counseling;
  • History and Social Sciences;
  • Humanities;
  • Life Skills;
  • Literature;
  • Math;
  • Science;
  • Technology and Computer Science;
  • Test Prep; and
  • Writing.

They offer traditional courses, like a full suite of Core ELA and Math courses for grades 9-12, along with special interest courses like Young Adult Literature and an entire course devoted to Breaking Bad. Each of Shmoop’s courses—written by teachers and content experts—digs deep into the content matter, all while helping students develop the skills they need to succeed.

Shmoop will be at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) 2014 Conference and Expo in Atlanta (June 28 – July 1) at booth 3341, where educators can learn more about the wealth of resources Shmoop has to offer.

About Shmoop

Shmoop is a digital curriculum and test prep company that makes fun, rigorous learning and teaching resources. Shmoop content is written by experts and teachers, who collaborate to create high-quality and engaging materials for teachers and students. Shmoop Courses, Test Prep, Teaching Guides, and Learning Guides balance a teen-friendly, approachable style with academically rigorous concepts. Shmoop sees 10 million unique visitors a month on its site and offers more than 7,000 titles across the Web, iPhone, Android devices, iPad, Kindle, Nook, and Sony Reader. The company has been honored twice by the Webby Awards, named “Best in Tech” twice by Scholastic Administrator, and awarded with two Annual Education Software Review Awards (EDDIES). Launched in 2008, Shmoop is headquartered in a labradoodle-patrolled office in Mountain View, California.

Media Contacts:

Shmoop at ISTE
John Rocco
708-955-3001

 

 

School’s Out for the Shmooper: This Year on Shmoop

To Kill a Mockingbird maintains its crown as most popular guide on Shmoop, but bestselling novels begin to climb their way to the top.

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Another year, another stampede of students and teachers doing their thing on Shmoop. Shmoop, a digital publishing company that makes fresh, engaging resources for students and teachers, reports this school year’s stats:

Shmoop’s take? No matter how many vampires, dystopias, or fancy new exams make their way onto the scene, the classics aren’t going anywhere anytime soon.

About Shmoop

Shmoop is a digital curriculum and test prep company that makes fun, rigorous learning and teaching resources. Shmoop content is written by experts and teachers, who collaborate to create high-quality and engaging materials for teachers and students. Shmoop Courses, Test Prep, Teaching Guides, and Learning Guides balance a teen-friendly, approachable style with academically rigorous concepts. Shmoop sees 10 million unique visitors a month on its site and offers more than 7,000 titles across the Web, iPhone, Android devices, iPad, Kindle, Nook, and Sony Reader. The company has been honored twice by the Webby Awards, named “Best in Tech” twice by Scholastic Administrator, and awarded with two Annual Education Software Review Awards (EDDIES). Launched in 2008, Shmoop is headquartered in a labradoodle-patrolled office in Mountain View, California.

*SAT is a registered trademark of the College Board, which was not involved in the production of and does not endorse this product.
*ACT is a federally registered trademark of ACT, Inc. Shmoop University is not affiliated with or endorsed by ACT, Inc.

Shmoop Encourages Summer Learning With Courses and Math Shack

Shmoop offers short courses for summer reading and free math drills to help students maintain their motivation throughout the summer months.

ImageKeeping students’ brains sharp over the summer is no easy task, but Shmoop, a digital publishing company with over 10 million unique visitors a month, is ready for the challenge. With hundreds of thousands of pages of free learning resources, students can spend their summers soaking up more than just the sun.

And now, Shmoop has two new offerings to make summer engagement even easier.

For the bookworms of the bunch, Shmoop provides short courses on novels, including The Great Gatsby, Frankenstein, Animal Farm, and over a dozen more. Students can take the courses on their own, using Shmoop’s lessons to guide them through their summer reading; or they can take them with a tutor or teacher, who can track their progress and help keep them on track.

If students are less into reading for school and more into learning for fun (gasp!), Shmoop also offers fun courses that will keep students’ critical thinking neurons firing: courses on Breaking Bad, Bruce Springsteen, How to Read Comics, Pop Culture Literacy, and the History of Technology will engage any student looking to expand their summer horizons.

For the mathletes of the crew, Shmoop offers Free Math Shack: infinite (literally infinite!) math drills with questions on Pre-Algebra, Algebra, and Geometry. Math Shack tracks students’ progress, so they’ll know which concepts they’ve mastered and which they need to brush up on before next school year begins; and since each drill is aligned to the Common Core, teachers can be 100% sure that students have covered every necessary Standard. Shmoop suggests that teachers even create contests with Shmoints (Shmoop’s virtual currency) to make sure students have a reason to keep Shmooping over the summer. Talk about a win-win situation.

About Shmoop

Shmoop is a digital curriculum and test prep company that makes fun, rigorous learning and teaching resources. Shmoop content is written by experts and teachers, who collaborate to create high-quality and engaging materials for teachers and students. Shmoop Courses, Test Prep, Teaching Guides, and Learning Guides balance a teen-friendly, approachable style with academically rigorous concepts. Shmoop sees 10 million unique visitors a month on its site and offers more than 7,000 titles across the Web, iPhone, Android devices, iPad, Kindle, Nook, and Sony Reader. The company has been honored twice by the Webby Awards, named “Best in Tech” twice by Scholastic Administrator, and awarded with two Annual Education Software Review Awards (EDDIES). Launched in 2008, Shmoop is headquartered in a labradoodle-patrolled office in Mountain View, California.

 

Shmoop Launches SmartPhone-Ready Video Test Prep to Help Students Study for SAT*, ACT*, and CAHSEE

Shmoop delivers free Test Prep videos to students via email, allowing them to study quickly and rigorously.

Shmoop's Video Test Prep

When it comes to cram time, students want their information—stat. With Shmoop’s Video Test Prep, students can study in quick bursts whenever they have a few minutes to spare.

When a student registers, Shmoop will send them three videos a day, tailored to their SAT*, ACT*, or CAHSEE needs. Students can then watch the videos in the convenience of their own home/school/bus/circus tent. And there’s no need to set a study reminder: Shmoop will automatically send the videos, prompting students to watch. Plus, because the videos are relatable, they won’t end in an unplanned nap.

Each video includes a sample exam question and walks students through the process of answering it. By providing detailed answer explanations, Shmoop fosters comprehension, so that students don’t just get practice with one question; they are able to improve their skills for an entire concept.

Shmoop will send these videos directly to a student’s inbox every day for thirty days; by the end of the month, students will have reviewed the equivalent of a full-length practice exam. Bonus: each video is tagged to the Common Core. It’s every teacher’s dream.

Go ahead and sign up—Shmoop will take care of the rest.

About Shmoop

Shmoop is a digital curriculum and test prep company that makes fun, rigorous learning and teaching resources. Shmoop content is written by experts and teachers, who collaborate to create high-quality and engaging materials for teachers and students. Shmoop Courses, Test Prep, Teaching Guides, and Learning Guides balance a teen-friendly, approachable style with academically rigorous concepts. Shmoop sees 10 million unique visitors a month on its site and offers more than 7,000 titles across the Web, iPhone, Android devices, iPad, Kindle, Nook, and Sony Reader. The company has been honored twice by the Webby Awards, named “Best in Tech” twice by Scholastic Administrator, and awarded with two Annual Education Software Review Awards (EDDIES). Launched in 2008, Shmoop is headquartered in a labradoodle-patrolled office in Mountain View, California.

*SAT and AP are registered trademarks of the College Board, which was not involved in the production of and does not endorse this product.

*ACT is a federally registered trademark of ACT, Inc. Shmoop University is not affiliated with or endorsed by ACT, Inc.